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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-31-2016, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Metal shavings when cleaning new barrel

So I just cleaned my TC encore .300 barrel and there were a lot of silver metal shavings that came out when I took the cleaning brush through it. The brush was the correct .30 brush but it scared me when I saw all those metal shavings. Im not talking about a few, there were a lot (well a lot more than I would think Id see). Should I be concerned about this? Looking down the barrel i cant detect any scratching or marks. Was this left over from the bullets? I shot probably 15 rounds prior to cleaning.
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Is this a new barrel or has it been shot before?

Lead bullets?

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Brand new and I shot Remington corelokts
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If you didnt clean it prior to shooting it, it could be left over residue from the chamber being cut or other machining operation when the barrel was manufactured. In a perfect world that should have been flushed out by the manufacturer after all machining was complete. You should always clean a brand new barrel before shooting it, even though they shouldnt have metal in them, they will usually have oil in them.

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Tony pointed out some good points, also Since its a single shot, is it rubbing excessively when closing. this may be causing some.
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Too late after you shot it to worry about scratching the bore, always clean before you fire the first shot. Hard to believe the manufacturers would leave that much in the barrel, they high pressure oil rinse multiple times and some may escape but not the amount your talking about. Look at your brass, is the head being shaved off when you close the action ? What about the front of the case, are they so long their going into the rifling ? Chamber a loaded round and then pull it out, is the bullet to far out and hitting the rifling ?
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Check the shavings with a magnet.If they stick it's likely steel from machining the barrel if they don't it's likely the cartridge.If you clean it out really well and it happens again contact a gunsmith.

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Are you sure it's not shavings coming off your cleaning rod?
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Back in the day, we had a procedure that we followed to break in a new barrel.
Today's hunter buys a new rifle and expects it to be already broken in before they bought it.
Many new hunters gets a rifle cleaning kit for Christmas and then cleans their new rifle to the point of where they are more concerned with getting every little piece of grit and grime out of the barrel. Worrying about leading and copper fouling, not realizing that those things fills in the imperfections in the machine work and actually makes those rifles more accurate.
They are actually cleaning out the accuracy.

The problem with Remington is - they aren't Remington anymore.
They are not located in Illion New York anymore and the parent company is divorced from Dupont and the previous owners. What you are getting is the Saturn version of a Chevrolet.
It may say Chevrolet on the name badge, but it is not Chevrolet - as per an engine made in Towanda New York or a Fisher Body assembled in Detroit Michigan.
Its now an engine made in someones garage and a body assembled in Silas Mexico.
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Are you sure it's not shavings coming off your cleaning rod?
That is a very good observation. Since I always use coated rods I never thought about that. The aluminum rods will chip/peal when coming in contact with the barrel.

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